Wilma Wednesday: Musick has Charms to Soothe a Savage Breast

John pets Wilma's tummy

John and Wilma roll on the floor, having a love fest. John tickles Wilma’s tummy. Wilma wriggles and play-bites. She wants to fight, for fun, as dogs do. We’ve gotten her too riled up.

To calm her, John begins singing, while petting her head. In his warm, rich voice, he improvises new lyrics to an old tune.

I wonder who’s petting her now? I wonder who’s singing bow wow…”

Wilma stops wriggling and sits up.

“I wonder who’s gazing into her eyes, being nice, feeeeeding mice…”

“What is that noise?” Wilma asks.

John stops. “It’s singing,” he says.

“It’s like talk, but it’s not talk.”

“It’s music,” says John.

“I like talking better,” says Wilma.

“Oh yeah?” says John. “I’ll bet you can’t sing. Let’s hear you.”

And now everyone in the house is howling.


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  1. Lowell - September 20, 2017 @ 03:26

    This is a howler. If John sings the melody, can Wilma carry the rest? BTW, I’ve never met a savage breast. Where did that come from? A savage beast, yes. He’s in the White House, but breast? 🙂

  2. chris - September 20, 2017 @ 04:05

    LOL, She is sensitive.. Even if its not singing animals can tell by tone.. I had to utube that line and I can see why W. perked up.. soothing and sweet!.

    • Petrea - September 20, 2017 @ 08:30

      It’s the tone every time.

  3. William Kendall - September 20, 2017 @ 08:58

    She’s much too cute!

    • Petrea - September 20, 2017 @ 09:14

      You won’t get an argument from me.

  4. TheChieftess - September 20, 2017 @ 14:27

    It always amazes me how dogs, in particular Wilma and Kelly, can be so comfortable on their backs and twisted like that? I’d have to go to the chiropractor if I slept like that!!!

    • Petrea - September 20, 2017 @ 14:52

      Wilma is really wiggly! I don’t remember Boz bending his back like that at all.

  5. Barbara and Watson - September 20, 2017 @ 20:55

    And now, I can’t get that song out of my head!

    • Petrea - September 20, 2017 @ 21:03

      I know, sorry, I’m the same way. But something’s always going to be stuck in there, so it might as well be something I like.

  6. Shelley - October 6, 2017 @ 18:09

    Haha !! My previous kitty Basie couldn’t stand it if I tried to sing ‘properly ‘ – I briefly took singing lessons and when I was doing the exercises, she jumped up onto the table and tried to swipe at me. I gave up the lessons. 🙂

    • Petrea - October 6, 2017 @ 19:55

      Better the lessons than the kitty.

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